Finding jobs to apply for can be a challenge. In this exclusive article from Jobs Botswana we list 8 different ways to find a job.
1. Print Media
Traditional print media (newspapers, magazines, journals etc.) are still great places to find employment. Newspapers, magazines and journals are good sources of targeted job advertisements. For example, local newspapers are a great way to find local job advertisements. Similarly, magazines and trade journals are also great ways to find targeted job advertisements. For example, an engineering journal may feature jobs targeted at those with an interest in engineering.
2. Employer Websites
Are there any employers that you would like to work for? Checking an employer website direct is a great way to find out more about an employer and their recruitment procedure. If recruitment information is not clearly visible check for pages titled “Jobs” or “Careers” or “Join us”. You could also try looking for a section entitled “Sitemap” which lists the main pages of a website or using a search facility. You may be able to register your details in the employer database and to sign up for job notifications by email or social media. The downside of this approach is that it can be time consuming checking every employer website. It can also be time consuming completing each on-line registration form. It can therefore be more useful to utilise job boards like www.jobsbotswana.info
3. Job Boards
Job boards are websites like www.jobsbotswana.info that are dedicated to listing job advertisements. These websites are used by both employers and recruitment agents to advertise jobs. Job boards are an excellent place to conduct employment research. They can quickly help you to understand what type of jobs are available and where, as well as the salaries available. You can also find out more about the skills, experience and qualifications required in particular jobs.
4. Recruitment Agents
Recruitment agents help employers to find suitable candidates and are usually paid a fee by the employer for this service. Not all recruitment agents offer the same service. Some only contact you if you are a suitable candidate for a particular job, whilst others will stay in regular contact and proactively promote you (subject to your consent) as a candidate to employers. It is important to remember that not all employers choose to recruit through recruitment agents. If you choose to solely rely on recruitment agents then you could miss out on other opportunities that are available.
5. Social Media
Social media refers to any media channel that utilises technology to enable social interaction. This can include things like online blogs, business networks, forums and social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.). You can use social media to:
- let people know you are looking for a job
- alert you to job opportunities
- alert you to career events
- communicate with employers
- to list your qualifications, work experience, skills and achievements
When using social media to find a job you should remember to include information that may be relevant to potential employers and remove or restrict access to any content that you do not want made public.
Networking involves engaging with people in order to exchange information and add contacts. Why should you try networking?
- Employers do not always publicly advertise jobs
- Networking can lead to job creation
- Networking can reduce competition
Jobs that are publicly advertised generally attract more applications, which increases the amount of competition. Networking can reduce the amount of competition you face for a job.
7. Speculative Applications
Speculative applications are job applications that you make to an employer even though they have not advertised a job. This may sound like a long shot but speculative applications do work. Why?
- An employer may have been about to advertise a job vacancy
- Your speculative application impresses the employer and encourages them to contact you
A speculative application usually consists of a letter detailing why an employer should consider offering you employment, together with a CV outlining your relevant skills and experience. Alternate methods include face-to-face requests, telephone requests as well as requests through social media.
Freelancing is an increasing popular way for individuals, companies and employers to outsource work. As a result there are lots of opportunities for people looking for to find freelance work. Freelance work involves selling your service by the hour, day, job, etc. rather than working on a salaried basis for an employer. If you have access to a computer, an internet connection and some skills then you have the basic tools needed for freelance work.